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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...


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Growing support for suicide terrorism


Tactical Nuclear Weapons in South Asia

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Currently, Pakistan is deeply embroiled in its internal economic and security problems, and there are possibilities of India’s provocation over the issue of Kashmir

By Musa Khan Jalazai *

The threat of nuclear terrorism in South Asia has resumed a greater profile as India and Pakistan continue to maintain a large number of nuclear facilities. The recent hostile attitude of Mr Modi’s government towards Pakistan once again put the process of peace and stability in the region at a spike. India has developed various types of tactical nuclear weapons that have threatened the security of the region.


Nuclear Politics in India and Pakistan

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The international community fears that as bigoted elements in the army have close relations with extremist groups like Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the danger of nuclear terrorism cannot be ruled out in South Asia.

By Musa Khan Jalalzai *

The international press continues to report concerns about the growing threat of nuclear terrorism in South Asia. Pakistan and India are struggling to sign multilateral nuclear agreements with different states in order to exhibit their challenging military might. Pakistan’s nuclear relations with China and India’s nuclear relations with the US, Russia and Australia indicate that both the states are preparing for a limited nuclear war in the near future. Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine is, in fact, a military strategy that promotes retaliation to nuclear attack by India.


INDIA-PAKISTAN: Different Narratives of Partition

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Recognition is The Way Forward

By Devika Mittal *

As I think of writing about partition, I pause to think if it is still a relevant issue? Partition of India and Pakistan happened 67 years ago and was succeeded by many other major clashes so should I instead talk about the wars? Is partition an outdated issue or does it still hold any relevance?


INDIA-PAKISTAN: Terrorists Perilous Outreach

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In the most recent of its Jihadi proclamations, the Muttahida (United) Jehad Council (MJC) 'chairman' Mohammed Yusuf Shah alias Salahuddin Shah, also the 'supreme commander' of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), while attending a rally at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) declared, on July 14, 2014: "If al Qaeda, Taliban or any other organisation or country extends a helping hand to the oppressed Kashmiris, we will welcome it... We do not have any say at any international forum. In such a situation, we are left with no choice but to greet anyone and everyone that can help us overthrow our enemy.


Afghanistan In Emergency

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A hospital known as "Emergency" provides free medical treatment in the war-torn country of Afghanistan.

By Kathy Kelly *

In Afghanistan, Carmen, Hakim, Faiz and I went to Kabul’s Emergency Surgical Center for Victims of War to donate blood. “Emergency” isn’t just an apt description of the hospital’s cases; it’s also the name of the Italy-based charity that runs war hospitals and clinics across Afghanistan. Emanuele Nannini, the program coordinator, and Giacomo Menaldo, the chief logistician, spoke with us for several hours about the work done in their facilities and the desperate emergency in healthcare which Afghanistan faces.


INDIA-NEPAL: After 17 Years A Step Towards Maturity

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Indian Prime Minister's Visit

By Ravi Nitesh *

The present visit of Indian prime minister to Nepal has many hope in terms of not only bilateral relations, but even in terms of productivity and growth of both nations and also with other neighbor countries as well.


Bangladesh Labor: Seized Machine, Hungry Garments

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And Bloodied Strawberry

By Farooque Chowdhury *

Hunger strike and seizure of machines by garments workers in and near Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, during the last part of July 2014 were part of Bangladesh labor action that is moving unabated through experiences of gains and failures. In distant Greece, labor from Bangladesh witnessed a court verdict that further bloodied already bloody strawberries. The incidents once again confirmed the dominating reality: dominance of capital. The incidents, on the opposite, also showed an emerging reality: labor’s increasing action.



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'Declassify all data about the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman', urges President of CPB Mujahidul Islam Selim: Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Mujahidul Islam Selim on August 29 urged the intelligence agencies - Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) of America, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) of India, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, and Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) of Bangladesh to declassify all data about the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He stated this during a discussion on the 1975 and 2004 August massacres in Dhaka city. Daily Star, August 30, 2014.


NEPAL: News Briefs

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17 CA members nominated: Seven months after the first sitting of the Constitution Assembly (CA), the government on August 29, nominated 17 of the 26 members to the House, according to Minendra Rijal, Cabinet spokesperson. The Nepali Congress (NC) named eight of the nine lawmakers as per share calculated on the basis of its seats in the assembly. The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) nominated all eight and the pro-monarchy Rastriya Prajatantra Party- Nepal (RPP-N) its sole member under the nomination quota. The Hindu, August 30, 2014.


Pakistan: Anatomy of Turbulent 68th Independence Day

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By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD. *

Pakistan 's Freedom Movement was carried out by the people under the visionary leadership of Mohammad Ali Jinnah- Quaid-e-Azam. The 14 August, should have been a day to rejoice and value the imperatives of the 68 th Independence Day across Pakistan . Not so, the same masses are barbed wired, dehumanized and deprived of the rightful opportunity to celebrate their freedom with human dignity, honor and peaceful activism. Panicky and buried under pillage of corruption allegations, PM Nawaz Sharif never knew the essence of national freedom to acquire the reality. Conscientious Pakistanis never embraced him as a political leader of any worthy attention.


Pakistan Asphyxiating Minorities

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies.

-Sherry Rehman, former Ambassador to the US, 2011

Little noticed amidst the ongoing pitched battle led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led Federal Government, a group of protesters from minority communities held a rally in Badin District of Sindh on August 16, 2014, against the current Government's failure to protect minorities from communal atrocities, including kidnapping-for-ransom, killings on religious grounds and abduction of girls for forced conversion.


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